Former Detroit Mayor Trades Gated Community for 5 Years Behind Bars

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to obstruction of justice, is trading his home not far from the Jonas Brothers' in a posh North Texas gated community, for a place with even tighter security: a Michigan prison. He'll change residences because he
violated the terms of his probation.

Kilpatrick had, among other things, lied under oath about an affair with a staff member after sexually explicit text messages became public.

When his legal woes ended his Detroit political career, the 39-year-old former mayor found work as a medical-software salesman with Dallas, Texas-based Covisint Healthcare. He and his family have been living in a 5,866-square-foot home in Lakes of La Paloma in Southlake, Texas, an upscale gated community northwest of Dallas.
The home, which he and his wife lease, has a market value of $1,125,000 and was built in 1998. It has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a game room, a study, a formal dining room and an in-ground pool.

The Kilpatricks clearly traded up from their 2,839-square-foot rental home three miles away when they moved to the Dallas area over a year ago. His attorney says that someone else is paying the rent. According to the Detroit Free Press, the La Paloma home is also larger than his digs as mayor of Detroit --- there's just 4,004 square feet at the Manoogian Mansion.

While living in the Dallas area, Kilpatrick has said that he has been working on his marriage and trying to be a better father to his three sons. Neighbors in the gated community say he is very friendly -- she not-so-much. Last week, Kilpatrick asked Detroit Judge David Groner to show him compassion.

Judge Groner said, "that ship has sailed."

Groner says Kilpatrick must serve at least one and a half years in prison, but he will be credited for 120 days of time already served. He still has to pay back the balance of the $1 million debt he owes Detroit.

Kilpatrick spent several minutes pleading with Judge Groner to let him return home to his family in Dallas.

After the sentencing, Kilpatrick's attorney, Michael Alan Schwartz, announced he will no longer represent the former mayor as he is taking a new job: general counsel for The Word Network, a religious broadcasting organization.

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